Today in Contralto History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1823-05-17 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1873-02-01 Clara Butt, British contralto (Country of Hope & Glory; Elgar's "Sea Pictures"), born in Southwick Sussex, England (d. 1936)

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1897-02-27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1899-10-09 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), born in Brotton, England (d. 1993)
  • 1912-04-22 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), born in Higher Walton, Lancashire (d. 1953)
  • 1924-05-02 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1925-08-12 Sybil Michelow, South-African contralto and composer, born in Johannesburg (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-07 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1928-02-15 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, born in Cleethorpes, Engand (d. 2017)
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1965-05-06 Nathalie Stutzmann (née Dupuy), French concert contralto and conductor (Orfeo 55, 2009-19), born in Suresnes, France

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1943-07-17 One of the world's greatest contraltos Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher in Bethel, Connecticut


Deaths in Music

  • 1885-02-18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • 1936-11-17 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1953-10-08 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41
  • 1954-05-02 Pauline Manifarges, Dutch contralto singer, dies at 82

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1993-04-08 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • 1993-12-12 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • 2010-06-16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), dies at 79
  • 2013-01-05 Sybil Michelow, South-African contralto and composer, dies at 87
  • 2015-12-16 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91
  • 2017-05-02 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, dies of Parkinson's Disease at 89